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Date:September 28, 2012
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Unemployment Insurance Claims Report September 28, 2012

BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Sept. 22, 2012, decreased to 3,294 from the previous week’s total of 4,873, with declines spread throughout many industries. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending Sept. 24, 2011, figure of 3,221.

The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,884 from the previous week’s average of 4,799.

Hurricane Isaac caused a spike in initial claims earlier this month and also pushed up the four-week moving average. Initial claims activity appears to be returning to pre-storm levels.

Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Sept. 22, 2012, decreased to 32,768 from the previous week’s total of 33,459. The largest over-the-week decrease was in the construction industry. Continued weeks claimed were below the comparable week ending Sept. 24, 2011, figure of 42,609.

The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed decreased to 32,409 from the previous week’s average of 32,655.

For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information.

The UI Weekly Claims Data webpage includes the following features: UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, UI Definitions and UI Monthly Claimant Characteristics by Parish. To access these products begin on the LWC home page and select Labor Market Information. Scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.

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